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07-13

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The BP Wayback Machine: A Good Deal... but Not a Great One
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01-10

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The Imbalance Sheet: Crossing the Chasm
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12-06

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The Imbalance Sheet: (Semi-) Open Books
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11-29

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The Imbalance Sheet: Catching Up
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Keith Law

11-09

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The Imbalance Sheet: There They Go Again
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Keith Law

10-10

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Behind the Green Door
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Keith Law

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus
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Keith Law

10-04

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Toying Around
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Keith Law

10-03

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The Imbalance Sheet: Loose Ends
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Keith Law

09-25

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The Imbalance Sheet: Contraction Action
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Keith Law

09-11

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The Imbalance Sheet: Reader Response - Hope and Faith
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Keith Law

09-04

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The Imbalance Sheet: Draft Caps
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Keith Law

09-03

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The Daily Prospectus: Update: Hope and Faith
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Keith Law

08-28

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The Imbalance Sheet: Mythmongering
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Keith Law

08-27

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The Call
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Keith Law

08-23

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The Imbalance Sheet: Florida Fraud
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Keith Law

06-29

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The Daily Prospectus: The Yankees
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Keith Law

05-31

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The Imbalance Sheet: More on Minnesota
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Keith Law

05-24

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The Imbalance Sheet: Stadium Referendums in Minnesota
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Keith Law

05-10

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The Imbalance Sheet: A Fishy Story
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Keith Law

04-12

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The Imbalance Sheet: The New Stadium Fallacy
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Keith Law

04-05

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The Imbalance Sheet: Drew Henson
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Keith Law

03-22

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The Imbalance Sheet: The Gag Order
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Keith Law

03-15

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The Imbalance Sheet: Josh Hamilton
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Keith Law

03-08

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The Imbalance Sheet: A Pair of Jokers
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Keith Law

03-01

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The Imbalance Sheet: Sizing Up Markets
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Keith Law

02-22

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The Imbalance Sheet: Curt Schilling Speaks
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Keith Law

02-09

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The Daily Prospectus: OK, Brewer Fans...
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Keith Law

02-08

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The Imbalance Sheet: Mooning Over Montreal
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Keith Law

02-01

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The Imbalance Sheet: Broken Promises
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Keith Law

01-17

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The Imbalance Sheet: The Future
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Keith Law

12-22

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The Imbalance Sheet: The Really Insane Deals
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Keith Law

12-04

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The Imbalance Sheet: See You in the Tall Grass
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Keith Law

10-26

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The Aging of the Guard
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Keith Law

10-25

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My IBA Ballot
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Keith Law

10-13

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The Imbalance Sheet: Sox and Other Things That Stink
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Keith Law

10-02

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Playoff Prospectus
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Keith Law

09-28

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The Imbalance Sheet: A Good Deal...but Not a Great One
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Keith Law

09-26

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The Daily Prospectus: Alou's Heel
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Keith Law

09-21

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The Imbalance Sheet: Crying Snake
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Keith Law

08-25

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Transaction Analysis: August 22-23, 2000
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Keith Law

08-24

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The Imbalance Sheet: Ticket Prices, Part II
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Keith Law

08-17

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The Imbalance Sheet: Revenue Sharing
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Keith Law

08-10

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The Imbalance Sheet: Scott Boras
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Keith Law

08-03

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The Imbalance Sheet: Ticket Prices
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Keith Law

07-28

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The Daily Prospectus: The Imbalance Sheet
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Keith Law

07-17

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Out of Whack
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Keith Law

07-10

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Fantasy Mailbag
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Keith Law

07-05

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Transaction Analysis: June 22 - July 3, 2000
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Keith Law and Joe Sheehan

06-27

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Fantasy Mailbag
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Keith Law

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The Pirates continue to astound us with their incompetence. This week, they signed Scott Sauerbeck, the very definition of free talent (he was taken from the Mets via the Rule 5 draft in December of 1998), to a three-year, $2.4-million deal. Although that's not a lot of money, and we generally advocate locking good young players up through their arbitration years and beyond, the problem here is that Sauerbeck is not young and not good--and the Pirates don't realize that.

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So you may have heard that the NBA is having its own small-market problem. Yes, salary cap and all, the vaunted NBA is suffering from a post-Jordan malaise that is about to take one of the league's two newest franchises, the Vancouver Grizzlies, on the road to a new home. And the league's commissioner, David Stern, expects us to buy it when he blames the whole thing on the city of Vancouver and its unloving fans.

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Curt Schilling is never at a loss for words, and unlike a lot of athletes (and actors and other Famous People™) who like to sound off to the media, he often has something of substance to say. Last week was no different, when ESPN.com posted a 2,400-word essay by the Diamondbacks' hurler, focusing on the impending labor war and the economic structure of the game. As you might expect, Schilling raised some valid points and some not-so-valid ones, and probably gave the players their first bit of good PR for the upcoming skirmish.

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In my last Pivot column for ESPN.com, an offhand comment about the stupidity of the Brewers drew a surprisingly large number of reader e-mails, almost as many as I got about the Henry Rollins reference. One particular reader expressed the reasons for his frustration:

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Baseball Weekly recently ran a Bob Nightengale column that focused on some of Scott Boras's ideas for improving competitive balance. Buried at the end of the article was an interesting quote from a major-league general manager that cited the most oft-repeated mantra of the small-marketeers.

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When Baltimore Ravens owner Heartless Art Modell stood at the podium in Tampa Bay Sunday night and said that the Vince Lombardi Trophy belonged to the people of Baltimore and the state of Maryland, he wasn't kidding: they paid for his stadium, his team, and arguably his salary and the increase in his net worth, all with tax proceeds from one of the greatest sweetheart deals any sports team in the world has ever landed.

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Bob turned on the television one fine August day to find that the hated New York Yankees were in town to play the Twins. He called his son John into the room to let him know the game was on.

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Alex Rodriguez's signing isn't all that interesting, even though it has generated all the headlines. He's an exceptional package: a power hitter who hasn't reached his power peak; a seven-skill talent with great plate discipline and an improving defensive profile; a generally classy guy with no interest in recording rap albums; and he plays one of the two most difficult positions to fill in baseball. Add to that baseball's shrewdest agent and a couple of frustrated, rich owners who want to make a big splash, and you get an enormous contract.

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Bud Selig went to Washington to do what people do in Washington: lie. He went to Congress to cry poverty and insist that the only thing that can save baseball is some fundamental change in the game's economic structure. While this made great copy--most media outlets ate it up like hungry curs given below-grade dog food--his case was flawed, dishonest and dangerous.

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October 26, 2000 12:00 am

The Aging of the Guard

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Several readers have written in to ask me about the comments I made in my latest ESPN.com piece, in which I argued that Tino Martinez and Scott Brosius are no longer useful baseball players, particularly given their salaries. The gist of the feedback is that because Martinez had driven in 100 runs in all of his years with the Yankees before 2000, and because Brosius had a good year in 1998 capped with a World Series MVP award, that these two players are therefore valuable.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

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October 25, 2000 12:00 am

My IBA Ballot

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Keith Law shares his IBA ballot.

(All next week, we'll be bringing you the winners of the 2000 Internet Baseball Awards. This week, we'll be running some ballots submitted by the Baseball Prospectus staff, along with their commentary. Keith Law submits today's ballot.)

AL Player of the Year

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The Red Sox, a symbol of frustration, ineptitude and the cynicism of New England's finest, are for sale. The Jean R. Yawkey Trust has controlled 53% of the team since Jean Yawkey died in 1992, and the team has been in the Yawkey family since 1933.

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